ergatoid


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ergatoid

(ˌɜːɡəˈtɔɪd) entomol
n
(Zoology) a wingless, worker-like ant with sexual capability
adj
(Zoology) having the characteristics of a wingless, worker-like ant with sexual capability
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Obermayer, "Exocrine glands and the attractiveness of the ergatoid queen in the ponerine ant Megaponera foetens" Insectes Sociaux, vol.
In contrast, terminal worker castes lose the capacity to differentiate into reproductives, although they sometimes differentiate into replacement reproductive's (ergatoid reproductives), and are therefore called true workers.